As much as the Beatles were the greatest rock band of them all in most of the Free World in their day, their effect in the Soviet Union's sphere of influence was no less profound. Ironically considering the band's working-class origins, the Soviet Union authority reacted to its growing popularity with its own youth with alarmed hostility as a bourgeois subversive threat to their power. This film covers the struggle during the Cold War when the Soviet government desperately fought to repress the burgeoning cultural influence of the Beatles and the young culture it encouraged. Through interviews of various Russian fan and historical footage, we followed a force that ultimately proved as destructive to Soviet hegemony as any military weapon could have been in an actual war.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
I love the Beatles. To this day they're my favorite band. And I find the idea that they may have had a major influence on changes in the Soviet Union to be an interesting one. But none of that kept me from getting bored by this documentary.
The film's thesis is that when Beatlemania hit Russia - an underground phenomena suppressed by the Soviet government - it caused young people to reevaluate their society and pushed them towards rebellion.
This thesis is supported primarily by Beatles' fans going on about how much the Beatles effected their lives, and anecdotal evidence like the popularity of Beatles cover bands. The result isn't especially persuasive; it could be true, but the case isn't made well. I could find Beatles fans and cover bands in America and tell the same story about how the Beatles were responsible for everything that happened in the U.S., but the real story is, like most stories, more complex. I would have preferred a movie that talked about the evolution of Russia and included the Beatles in the context of that evolution, but this narrow focus does not work.
Unfortunately, the end result is a movie of Beatles fans talking about the Beatles, something that is not really interesting in any country.
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